Jupiter Impact Captured on Video

 Jupiter Asteroid Impact
June 3rd 2010 Jupiter Asteroid Impact Explosion

Earth is saved! Again… It seems our Grandfather planet Jupiter has saved Earth from certain annihilation yet again. An invisible threat made itself visible on June 3rd when a rogue asteroid slammed into Jupiter and created a brilliant explosion visible from the relative safety of our own home planet.

At 20:31:29 on June 3rd, 2010 Anthony Wesley, an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer in Australia captured on video, an actual asteroid impacting the gas giant Jupiter. The brilliant flash and fireball created by this impact is said to be the equivalent of thousands of nuclear explosions detonating at once.

July 19th 2009 Asteroid Impact Scar
July 19th 2009 Asteroid Impact Scar

This isn’t the first time Anthony found evidence of an asteroid impact on Jupiter. Last year on July 19, 2009 Anthony took this now world famous photo.

The coolest part about this most recent event is that Anthony captured the actual impact on video!

Jupiter acts as our bodyguard. The massive forces of gravity that Jupiter exert on celestial bodies which come close enough are enough to rip apart huge comets and asteroids and suck them into the depths of it’s gaseous atmosphere thereby removing the threat of that body impacting with the Earth.

There is so much unseen debris floating around out there in space. We’re finding more new NEO (Near Earth Objects) every day. Literally. It’s only a matter of time until we find another object that might just impact Earth like we did with Asteroid 2008 TC3. This particular asteroid was found by Richard Kowalski with the Catalina Sky Survey. Richard is an asteroid hunter, and discovered the first asteroid ever in the history of mankind to have been predicted to impact Earth. Not only was the time of asteroid impact predicted, but the place of impact and subsequently meteorites were found by scientists thanks to this data.

Jupiter has saved our planet from asteroid and comet impacts more times than we can ever fathom. However, that doesn’t mean there’s not another asteroid out there with our name on it. Let just hope that Jupiter keeps on doing what it’s been doing for billions of years.

Protecting Earth…


From Spaceweather.com – “...I still can’t believe that I caught a live impact on Jupiter,” says Go, who has made a must-see video of the event.

“There were no visible remains at the impact point for the next half hour or so, until sunrise put an end to the imaging,” says Wesley…”

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